The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

By Mark Twain

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...THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER

By Mark Twain

(Samuel Langhorne Clemens)




CONTENTS

CHAPTER I. Y-o-u-u Tom-Aunt Polly Decides Upon...

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...Potter Outwitted

The Graveyard

Forewarnings

Disturbing Muff's Sleep

Tom's Talk with his Aunt

Muff Potter

A Suspicious Incident

Injun Joe's two Victims

In...

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...the pride of her heart, and were built for "style," not
service--she could have seen through...

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...but laws-a-me! he's my own
dead sister's boy, poor thing, and I ain't got the heart...

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...had a new
inspiration:

"Tom, you didn't have to undo your shirt collar where I sewed it,...

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...concerned, the advantage was with the boy, not the
astronomer.

The summer evenings were long. It was...

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...might and main, and glowering at each other with hate. But
neither could get an advantage....

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...come outside, but the enemy only made faces at him through the
window and declined. At...

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...tole me go 'long an' 'tend to my own
business--she 'lowed _she'd_ 'tend to de whitewashin'."

"Oh,...

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...rounded to ponderously and with laborious pomp
and circumstance--for he was personating the Big Missouri, and...

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...hardly do, Ben. You see, Aunt Polly's awful
particular about this fence--right here on the street,...

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...hollow world, after all. He
had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it--namely,
that...

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...or I'll tan you."

She was so overcome by the splendor of his achievement that she...

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...week ago; he had been the happiest and the proudest
boy in the world only seven...

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...He said:

"Aunt, you don't whack Sid when he takes it."

"Well, Sid don't torment a body...

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...tears would fall like rain, and her lips pray God to give her back
her boy...

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...on the ground under it, disposing himself upon his back, with his
hands clasped upon his...

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...are the poor in spirit, for they--they--"

"_Theirs_--"

"For _theirs_. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for...

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...emerged from
the towel, he was not yet satisfactory, for the clean territory stopped
short at his...

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...or other for a couple of blue ones. He waylaid other
boys as they came, and...

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...up in front of the pulpit, with
a closed hymn-book in his hand and his forefinger...

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...washing even to the bases of
isolated and incorruptible rocks like Sid and Mary. But now...

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...and making a deal of the splutter and fuss that insect authority
delights in. The young...

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...the true gush, for the poor fellow's instinct taught him
that there was a mystery here...

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...you know the names
of all the twelve disciples. Won't you tell us the names of...

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...and stragglers, and then a solemn hush fell upon the
church which was only broken by...

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...the words he was about to speak might find grace
and favor, and be as seed...

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...great spectacle
were lost upon the boy; he only thought of the conspicuousness of the
principal character...

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...an ant around, with his nose close
to the floor, and quickly wearied of that; yawned,...

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...if he came into court with that
argument, his aunt would pull it out, and that...

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...she gasped out:

"You, Tom! Tom, what's the matter with you?"

"Oh, auntie, I'm--"

"What's the matter with...

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...Huckleberry was cordially hated and
dreaded by all the mothers of the town, because he was...

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...told Ben Rogers, and Ben told a nigger, and the
nigger told me. There now!"

"Well, what...

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...'long about
midnight when somebody that was wicked has been buried; and when it's
midnight a devil...

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...you my tooth for him."

"Less see it."

Tom got out a bit of paper and carefully...

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...the girl. She observed it, "made a mouth" at him
and gave him the back of...

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...I _will_ see." And she put her small hand
upon his and a little scuffle ensued,...

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...moment, but it was premature: for when
he started thankfully to travel off, Tom turned him...

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...and I'll do what I
blame please with him, or die!"

A tremendous whack came down on...

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...to?"

"I reckon so. I don't know. What is it like?"

"Like? Why it ain't like anything....

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...the first you've ever been engaged to!"

The child began to cry. Tom said:

"Oh, don't cry,...

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...off in the
valley behind him. He entered a dense wood, picked his pathless way to
the...

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...with unappeasable envy. But no, there was
something gaudier even than this. He would be a...

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...some time, and finally decided that some witch
had interfered and broken the charm. He thought...

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...of the merry wood. Have at thee!"

They took their lath swords, dumped their other traps...

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...by, out of the stillness, little,
scarcely perceptible noises began to emphasize themselves. The ticking
of the...

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...new heap they were seeking, and ensconced themselves within the
protection of three great elms that...

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...Say, Huck, I know another o' them voices; it's
Injun Joe."

"That's so--that murderin' half-breed! I'd druther...

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...face, by this time.
The doctor struck out suddenly and stretched the ruffian on the ground.
Potter...

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...til
now."

"Oh, I didn't know what I was a-doing. I wish I may die this minute...

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...down, and Tom whispered:

"Huckleberry, what do you reckon'll come of this?"

"If Doctor Robinson dies, I...

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...and They
wish They may Drop down dead in Their Tracks if They ever Tell and...

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...This comes of playing hookey and doing everything a
feller's told _not_ to do. I might...

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...dead there yet."

"Well, I know that. And suppose there ain't. Didn't Gracie Miller fall
in the...

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...betook himself to his seat, rested his elbows on his
desk and his jaws in his...

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...Tom shivered from head to heel; for his eye fell upon the stolid
face of Injun...

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...still withheld, were confirmed in their belief that
Joe had sold himself to the devil. He...

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...keeping his trouble present to his mind.
Sid noticed that Tom never was coroner at one...

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...on anybody else that came handy. She was a subscriber for all the
"Health" periodicals and...

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...if she had built a fire under him.

Tom felt that it was time to wake...

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...bending down, Tom watching, with interest emphasized
by anxiety. Too late he divined her "drift." The...

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...heart gave a great bound. The next instant he
was out, and "going on" like an...

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...had come to hunt him up for that purpose. His mother
had whipped him for drinking...

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...twice more; these signals were answered in the
same way. Then a guarded voice said:

"Who goes...

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...port! Stand by to meet her when she comes! Port,
port! _Now_, men! With a will!...

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...stretched themselves out on the grass,
filled with contentment. They could have found a cooler place,...

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...walk a
plank."

"And they carry the women to the island," said Joe; "they don't kill the
women."

"No,"...

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...It was the cool
gray dawn, and there was a delicious sense of repose and peace...

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...flame, and stopped on a twig
almost within the boy's reach, cocked his head to one...

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...came
upon snug nooks carpeted with grass and jeweled with flowers.

They found plenty of things to...

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...the listeners again.

"I know now!" exclaimed Tom; "somebody's drownded!"

"That's it!" said Huck; "they done that...

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...who were not enjoying this fine frolic as
much as they were. Misgivings came; they grew...

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...crept down the bank, watching
with all his eyes, slipped into the water, swam three or...

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...he is," said Sid, "but if he'd been
better in some ways--"

"_Sid!_" Tom felt the glare...

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...them home
by nightfall if not sooner. It was believed that the search for the
bodies had...

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...ashore and
entered the woods.

He sat down and took a long rest, torturing himself meanwhile to...

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...same time.

When they were well exhausted, they would run out and sprawl on the dry,
hot...

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..."Just think of the
fishing that's here."

"I don't care for fishing. I want to go home."

"But,...

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...around. When he got to where they
were, he began unfolding his secret, and they listened...

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...I bet you Johnny Miller couldn't any more
do this than nothing. Just one little snifter...

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...heat of the breathless atmosphere was
stifling. They sat still, intent and waiting. The solemn hush...

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...foam, the
driving spray of spumeflakes, the dim outlines of the high bluffs on
the other side,...

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...raised a ray of
cheer. While it lasted, he got them interested in a new device....

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...had a brass andiron-knob again! But I haven't got
anything now to remember him by." And...

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...finally a waiting pause, an expectant dumbness, and then Aunt Polly
entered, followed by Sid and...

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...he was before.

Suddenly the minister shouted at the top of his voice: "Praise God from
whom...

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...would have come and
_done_ it, too. Tom, you'll look back, some day, when it's too...

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...when she'd throwed it
out her own self--"

"Tom! The sperrit was upon you! You was a...

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...comes.
Go 'long Sid, Mary, Tom--take yourselves off--you've hendered me long
enough."

The children left for school, and...

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...was in him; and so, instead of winning him, it only "set him up"
the more...

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...flirtation with Amy with jubilant
self-satisfaction. And he kept drifting about to find Becky and lacerate
her...

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...and his jealousy could bear no more of the other
distress. Becky resumed her picture inspections...

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...dream, when lo and behold you she'd found out from Joe that you was
over here...

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...in his aunt's face relaxed and a sudden tenderness dawned
in her eyes.

"_Did_ you kiss me,...

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...boy, and imagining how he would trounce her if she were. He presently
encountered her and...

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...mean if you want to! I know something that's going to happen.
You just wait and...

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...life!"

Tom took his whipping and went back to his seat not at all
broken-hearted, for he...

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...Tom's brain. He sprang to his feet
and shouted--"I done it!"

The school stared in perplexity at...

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...few days, and
there would be nothing to interfere with the plan; the master always
prepared himself...

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...but it died early.

"The Boy Stood on the Burning Deck" followed; also "The Assyrian Came
Down,"...

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...is brightest,
her step is lightest in the gay assembly.

"In such delicious fancies time quickly glides...

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...their aid the wildness of the scene.

"At such a time, so dark, so dreary, for...

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...keep her from mewing; as she slowly descended she
curved upward and clawed at the string,...

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...He could drink and swear, now--but
found to his surprise that he did not want to....

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...to bed realizing that he alone of all the town was lost,
forever and forever.

And that...

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...haven't."

"Never a word?"

"Never a solitary word, so help me. What makes you ask?"

"Well, I was...

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...and
there were no guards.

His gratitude for their gifts had always smote their consciences
before--it cut deeper...

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...be the great day. Both sexes were about equally represented
in the packed audience. After a...

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...fearful deed
while under the influence of a blind and irresponsible delirium produced
by drink. We have...

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...for the village paper
magnified him. There were some that believed he would be President, yet,
if...

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...he stumbled upon Huck Finn the Red-Handed. Huck would
answer. Tom took him to a private...

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...have slathers of them."

"Well, I don' know no kings, Tom."

"I reckon you don't. But if...

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...now."

"All right--that'll do. Only if you get married I'll be more lonesomer
than ever."

"No you won't....

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...talked little. By and by they judged
that twelve had come; they marked where the shadow...

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...been
murdered, anyway--but nothing's ever been seen around that house except
in the night--just some blue lights...

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...England--and the
best. He was a robber."

"Cracky, I wisht I was. Who did he rob?"

"Only sheriffs...

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...little while familiarity modified their fears and they gave the
place a critical and interested examination,...

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...over there on the hill right in full view."

"Those infernal boys" quaked again under the...

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...idea," said the comrade, who walked across the room, knelt down,
raised one of the rearward...

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...[The boys were sick with terror in a moment.] What business
has a pick and a...

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...to find that money turn up missing. Bitter, bitter luck that
the tools were ever brought...

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...melancholy. Tom concluded to let Huck lead up to the subject. If
he did not do...

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...door of that No. 2 is the door that comes out
into that little close alley...

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...sentry and Tom felt his way into the alley. Then there was
a season of waiting...

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...now, what's the matter with that ha'nted room?"

"How?"

"Why, it's ha'nted with whiskey! Maybe _all_ the...

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...into secondary importance for a
moment, and Becky took the chief place in the boy's interest....

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...day. So it was decided to say
nothing to anybody about the night's programme. Presently it...

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...that ran into each other and out again
and led nowhere. It was said that one...

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...turn in?

A noise fell upon his ear. He was all attention in an instant. The...

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...His
thought was, to fly. Then he remembered that the Widow Douglas had been
kind to him...

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...step back, with the same
elaboration and the same risks; then another and another, and--a twig
snapped...

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...quickly unlocked, and he
entered. Huck was given a seat and the old man and his...

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...enough, lad, we know the men! Happened on them in the woods back
of the widow's...

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...told you and your two--"

"What! The _deaf and dumb_ man said all that!"

Huck had made...

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...and
joyously, shook up the details of his anatomy from head to foot, and
ended by saying...

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...Those fellows warn't likely to come
again--they hadn't any tools left to work with, and what...

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...and dead. Many women
visited Aunt Polly and Mrs. Thatcher and tried to comfort them. They
cried...

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...dragged their tedious hours along, and
the village sank into a hopeless stupor. No one had...

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...stairway which was enclosed between
narrow walls, and at once the ambition to be a discoverer...

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...candles
out it will be an awful fix. Let's try some other way, so as not...

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...with the idea that she might die, or lose her reason. He
sat down by her...

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..._could_ I sleep! I wish I never, never had waked! No! No, I
don't, Tom! Don't...

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...hadn't come?"

"I don't know. But anyway, your mother would miss you as soon as they
got...

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...he could. No
bottom. They must stay there and wait until the searchers came. They
listened; evidently...

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...willing to risk Injun Joe and all other terrors. But
Becky was very weak. She had...

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...tried to
speak but couldn't--and drifted out raining tears all over the place.

Aunt Polly's happiness was...

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...nearly as whole as ever Saturday; but Becky
did not leave her room until Sunday, and...

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...had not fully appreciated
before how vast a weight of dread had been lying upon him...

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...and that slow-dropping water when
he comes to see the wonders of McDougal's cave. Injun Joe's...

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...he'd be down in Texas now, all right."

Then Huck told his entire adventure in confidence...

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...my marks. We'll get ashore, now."

They landed.

"Now, Huck, where we're a-standing you could touch that...

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...oppressed their spirits. They went on, and presently
entered and followed Tom's other corridor until they...

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...clay."

"That ain't no bad notion, Tom!" said Huck with animation.

Tom's "real Barlow" was out at...

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...dark.

"Now, Huck," said Tom, "we'll hide the money in the loft of the widow's
woodshed, and...

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...but I stumbled on him and
Huck right at my door, and so I just brought...

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...door with several kicks. "Now go and tell auntie if you
dare--and tomorrow you'll catch it!"

Some...

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...had fixed up a little surprise for this occasion, but it
don't amount to anything now....

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...with George Washington's lauded Truth about the hatchet! Becky
thought her father had never looked so...

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...time every morning; she makes me wash, they comb me all
to thunder; she won't let...

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...you'll come to like it."

"Like it! Yes--the way I'd like a hot stove if I...

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...up now."

"Well, midnight's good, anyway, Tom."

"Yes, so it is. And you've got to swear on...